Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/22/18 1:16pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski are expected to return to the team in 2018 despite their absences from voluntary workouts this month, per a source with 'knowledge of the situation' according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.
Huddle Up: It's possible both men are making their displeasure of the team's decision to remove their trainer from the premises at Gillette Stadium, although neither Brady nor Gronkowski have confirmed that. The Patriots would be wise to target their successors in this week's draft, but the 40-year-old Brady has repeatedly said he hopes to play until he's 45. Gronkowski is more likely to retire sooner given how many injuries he has suffered in his career, but it still seems highly unlikely we've seen the last of him on the gridiron.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/21/18 10:31am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski indicated that he does not plan to participate in the upcoming voluntary workouts.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski still has not announced if he will play in 2018, but he probably will be on the field next season. He is one of the best fantasy options when he is healthy and likely will be selected in the first three rounds of all fantasy leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/18/18 5:29am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady still hasn't committed to playing in 2018, but people close to him believe he'll be back, according to sources. He wants to spend more time with his family, and there are people around him who would rather see him retire, sources said.
Huddle Up: He'll be back and ready to go, and he'll be one of the first quarterbacks to target in fantasy.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/18/18 4:10pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady would like a new contract before the start of the 2018 season but it is not a pressing issue at this point. Brady is still expected to play next season.
Huddle Up: Brady is not participating in offseason workouts at this point but likely will be ready for training camp. He should be a solid No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues as long as he is playing.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/9/18 7:53am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is around 260 pounds, according to a source, which is about five pounds lighter than his playing weight. He's expected to re-gain the weight before camp. Gronkowski has been working with QB Tom Brady's trainer, Alex Guerrero, which stirred the pot with head coach Bill Belichick. At one point early last season, Belichick chastised Gronkowski in front of the players for working with Guerrero, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The friction with Belichick is starting to leak out, and it somewhat explains Gronk's hesitance with playing next year. His physical condition adds traction that he will be back, though. He'll be a high-end TE1 in fantasy.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 4/6/18 7:37pm ET
New England Patriots WR Kenny Britt should benefit from a full offseason to learn the offense, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, and Reiss believes Britt could take on an expanded role in 2018.
Huddle Up: With the overhaul New England's receiving corps has undergone this offseason, Britt could emerge as a starter and a relevant fantasy option. The situation is worth monitoring this offseason.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/4/18 5:02am ET
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hasn't been involved in trade talks, and the Patriots expect to keep him.
Huddle Up: Gronk remains a high-end TE1, but his laundry list of injuries add enough risk to consider some others that are closing the gap.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/3/18 7:05am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will have teams calling about acquiring him, according to MMQB's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: It's probably more likely that Gronk stays in New England, but the wear-and-tear scare is harvesting around his fantasy stock. He's still a high-end option, but the gap is closing between him and the field.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 4/3/18 2:58pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick were traded to the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, April 3, in exchange for a first-round pick and sixth-round pick.
Huddle Up: Cooks' absence paves the way for Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan to be Tom Brady's go-to wide receivers. Edelman has low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 value in PPR leagues if he can stay on the field. Hogan possesses low-end WR2 to high-end WR3 appeal assuming he can stay healthy as well. Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson become late-round fliers, although the Patriots could obviously add to the position via the draft.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 4/3/18 3:04pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick were acquired by the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, April 3, in exchange for a first-round pick and sixth-round pick.
Huddle Up: Cooks joins what now appears to be somewhat of a crowded receiving corps, even with Sammy Watkins gone. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp will be Cooks' main competition for targets, but Cooks does figure to be Jared Goff's primary deep threat in one of the NFL's most prolific offenses. Still, it's hard to envision Cooks surpassing the value he had in New England, which was as a low-end WR1 to high-end WR2.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 4/3/18 5:46pm ET
The Los Angeles Rams have 'already expressed interest' in an extension with newly acquired WR Brandin Cooks, who is entering his contract year in 2018.
Huddle Up: This would seem rather obvious, as teams don't typically trade away first-round picks for one-year rentals. However, Cooks may not be in a rush to sign given the fact that Allen Robinson signed a free-agent deal worth $14 million per year and Sammy Watkins inked one worth $16 million per year. The Rams' best recourse may be to use the franchise tag next year, but they'll exhaust their other options first. In the meantime, Cooks should be considered a WR3 with WR2 upside for fantasy purposes this season.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 3/31/18 8:47pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is leaning towards playing next season, according to sources close to Gronkowski.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski is still an elite fantasy tight end when he is on the field, but the injury concerns aren't going away. The upside is undeniable, but make sure not to reach for him on draft day.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 3/30/18 8:41am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's odds of being traded are increasing, a source friendly with head coach Bill Belichick told the Boston Sports Journal's Greg A. Bedard. '(Belichick) imagines you gone,' the source said. 'The longer Gronkowski goes without saying he's all in, the chances of him being traded increases.'
Huddle Up: Gronk hasn't played 16 games since 2011, but most seasons he doesn't have to. The number of injuries is mounting on his soon-to-be 29-year-old body. The tight end position has blossomed enough that, it really isn't a 'Gronk or bust' spot anymore. He'll be a high-end TE1 regardless, but one has to wonder if the risk is worth the reward.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 3/18/18 6:27pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill's contract is for one year and $1.5 million with only his $150,000 signing bonus guaranteed.
Huddle Up: If Hill assumes the role of power back in New England's high-scoring offense, he could have RB2 potential because of ample scoring chances.
Rex Burkhead - RBPosted 3/14/18 2:04pm ET
Free-agent RB Rex Burkhead (Patriots) is re-signing to a three-year contract with the New England Patriots, according to a source. The deal is heavy on guaranteed money, but financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: This move isn't a big surprise since the Patriots already lost Dion Lewis to free agency. Burkhead was a jack of all trades for the Patriots in 2017 and figures to be in a similar role this season. He has more upside in PPR formats and should be considered a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3, although injuries are a concern after he missed six games last year.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/13/18 11:10am ET
Free-agent RB Dion Lewis (Patriots) can add the Miami Dolphins to the list of teams interested in his services, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Kenyan Drake played well for the Dolphins late last year, but Damien Williams is a free agent and Miami is looking for more depth at the position. Lewis and Drake would undoubtedly cut into each other's fantasy value, but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 3/13/18 11:31am ET
Free-agent WR Danny Amendola (Patriots) is expected to sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: This is somewhat of a surprise. Amendola joins one of the New England Patriots' division rivals, but he will have a significant role with the absence of Jarvis Landry. If he can stay healthy, Amendola possesses WR3 appeal at best.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/13/18 6:23pm ET
Free-agent RB Dion Lewis (Patriots) intends to sign a four-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, sources said Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Lewis will join the backfield with Derrick Henry, essentially replacing DeMarco Murray. Really, Lewis will be the change-of-pace back as Henry takes over as more of the workhorse. Still, it's a nice situation for Lewis, and he'll be a nice option catching balls out of the backfield for Marcus Mariota, who clearly needs more versatile weapons.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/13/18 6:22pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis agreed to terms on a four-year undisclosed contract with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: That unpleasant sound you just heard were the cries of fantasy owners expressing their disappointment in Derrick Henry likely being relegated to early-down work at the very least. Lewis should combine with Henry to give Tennessee a smash-and-dash, thunder-and-lightning backfield attack, but it's mostly a bad deal for present and future owners of either player. Lewis should be locked into passing-down work and serve as Henry's change of pace, but he could struggle to provide consistent flex value in Tennessee.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/8/18 12:56pm ET
Free-agent TE Martellus Bennett (Patriots) likely will not be an option for the Miami Dolphins this offseason.
Huddle Up: Bennett dealt with injuries last season but may still be able to find a starting job during free agency. He is a solid pass catcher when he is healthy and could be at least a No. 2 fantasy tight end in 2018.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 3/7/18 1:13pm ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett is being released Wednesday, March 7, according to a source. Bennett would have been a salary cap hit of nearly $6.2 million.
Huddle Up: There will be a market for Bennett. He can produce as a TE1 if he's in the right situation, but he turns 31 years old in three days and may be over the hill.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 3/5/18 9:14am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski still has not decided if he will retire or if he will play in 2018, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Owners should continue to monitor the situation because Gronkowski is one of the best tight ends in the NFL. He would be an early-round pick in fantasy drafts if he decides to play next season.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/2/18 4:06pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis is a player that the Patriots would like to re-sign this offseason, but Lewis is expected to receive interest from multiple teams in free agency, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have about two weeks to talk with Lewis before he hits the free-agent market. Lewis has a solid chance to start wherever he signs this offseason and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back in most leagues.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 3/1/18 5:49pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis is expected to receive interest from multiple teams this offseason, according to a source. The New York Jets, Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts are among the team that may pursue Lewis.
Huddle Up: Lewis should be able to find a starting job with a team in free agency after his terrific 2017 season. He can be a No. 2 fantasy running back in most leagues next season.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/28/18 11:27am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is expected to return for the 2018 season after pondering retirement and other opportunities, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski is the best tight end in the NFL when he's in good health. With Tom Brady also returning, Gronk once again deserves to be the first tight end taken in fantasy drafts despite the injury risks.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 2/28/18 3:26pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Danny Amendola said he hopes to play in 2018 and that it would ideally be with the Patriots.
Huddle Up: Amendola had a solid 2017 season when he finished with 659 yards and two touchdowns. He likely would be a slot receiver if he returns to the Patriots and could be a late-round option in deeper fantasy leagues.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/27/18 2:32pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Dion Lewis said he hopes to re-sign with the Patriots this offseason but will do what is best for him and his family.
Huddle Up: Lewis played very well as the starting running back for the Patriots this season but may have to find a new team in free agency. He should have a big role no matter where he plays in 2018 and can be a No. 2 fantasy running back in most leagues.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 2/24/18 6:24pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Danny Amendola will likely re-sign with the Patriots if he decides to play another season, in the opinion of Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Huddle Up: Amendola had another impressive run in the playoffs, but he is injury prone and has never put up big numbers during the regular season. He is valuable to New England's offense, but he is no more than a WR5 for fantasy owners.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 2/23/18 7:47am ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett wants to continue playing, and he's due a $2 million roster bonus March 14. His cap hit would be $6.2 million.
Huddle Up: Bennett is little more than a bye-week replacement or a matchup play in fantasy.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/19/18 8:33pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis ranked second in the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.44 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats.
Huddle Up: The impending free agent took on a heavy workload down the stretch once Mike Gillislee landed in the doghouse and Rex Burkhead got hurt, proving himself as a very capable every-down back. The Patriots surprisingly chose to back off of Lewis and give more work to James White down the stretch, but the former isn't going to lack for suitors on the open market if he makes it there. Almost regardless of where he lands, he should be a solid RB2 for fantasy purposes.
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